Mary’s Inklingo Quilts

My dear friend Mary was the first quilter I told about Inklingo, before we even had a name for it. I promised Russ I would remember what she said, because he was interested in her reaction. Mary is very quiet and low-key, but I had barely started explaining with a couple of small samples, when Mary’s eyes widened and she blurted out, “This is Big.”

I will never forget it.

The Quilt Show BOM with Inklingo by Mary

Mary is too quiet and unassuming (and too busy quilting!) to do this herself, so I have collected most of her Inklingo quilts and works in progress here. She sewed some by hand and some by machine. Some are completed quilts, and some are blocks laid out on the floor. Some are traditional, and some are not. All are wonderful!

Lone Star with Inklingo by Mary

Mary taught me how to hand piece with freezer paper templates in January 1998, when we were both spending every winter in Naples Florida. We had already been friends for several years, although she lived in Wisconsin and I lived in Ontario. She was the first person I ever heard use the strange word “Paducah,” and the first person I ever knew who had a “stash.”

Seven Sisters with Inklingo by Mary

Mary has had a huge influence on my quilting life from the beginning, and she was the one who convinced Russ that I should get a new computer, so I could get online. Early in 1996 (or 1995?) she cunningly showed Russ (the chef) some cooking sites on her laptop, but he said he already had more recipes than he could ever use.

Russ famously told me, “Of course, you can get a new computer, but what are you doing to DO with it?

We still tease him about that. I did not jump right away, but in 1996 I signed my Christmas cards as linda@no_net.yet and Mary had convinced me. We got online in 1997.

Red Toile

Alabama Beauty

Alabama Beauty laid out on the floor.

Alabama Beauty laid out on the floor.

Farmer’s Delight (from Dresden Plate Fancy) in Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

Farmer’s Delight, ready to quilt.


Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

Lucy Boston Octagon quilt

Lucy Boston Octagon quilt (detail)

Half Square Triangles (HST) by machine.

Mary sometimes pieces by hand and sometimes by machine.

LeMoyne Star

LeMoyne Star

Green Toile

Grandmother’s Flower Garden (GFG) flowers

Farmer’s Wife Sampler (FWS)

Farmer’s Wife Sampler (FWS)

Flying Geese

Drunkard’s Path

Leaves you speechless, doesn’t it?

Mary is also the first quilter to tell me, “Inklingo is the next revolution in quilting, equal to the rotary cutter, paper piecing, acrylic templates, and Internet lists.” That favorite quote is on the back cover of The Inklingo Handbook.

After all these years, Mary continues to keep me inspired. I will make sure she sees any comments you leave here, but Mary is one of the very talented, quiet quilters in the Inklingo Yahoo group, so you can leave comments and ask questions there too. Maybe we can find out what she will do next!

I don’t think anyone can catch up to Mary, but if you would like to try Inklingo now anyway, there is a way to get a Quick Start (free).

I am very grateful to Mary for her friendship, and for letting me share her photos here. Aren’t you glad you came for a visit? Quite an amazing amount of inspiration this time, don’t you think?

Linda & Monkey

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